We just had a webinar about how designers prepare templates for online editing, and the recording is below.

It was great to get the designers' perspective, so we invited two of the best designers on the planet to share their point of view: Greg Wasmuth of CoCreators Group and Scott Citron from Scott Citron Design.

Silicon Designer was announced as a product in the fall of 2009, via a press release called, "Web to Print missing Link Revealed in Chicago." This was distributed quite effectively around the world (No subsequent press release saw such results. what was the magic?) One of the many resulting inquiries came from Peter Gunning of Printing.com: "I'm interested in seeing how we would create templates on Silicon Designer."

More than 10 years later, their implementation of Silicon Designer is still going strong. Silicon Designer can edit virtually any document online, but both the product and our company come from the print space, where a common class of documents is business collateral.  Of all the  online editing systems built on the Silicon Designer platform, Printing.com (now known as Grafenia, with their Nettl brand growing globally as well) exemplifies a very fundamental use case in the world of web-to-print: online editing of business collateral such as business cards, flyers, and postcards.

Adobe Desktop Technologies Ascend to the Cloud

Adobe Photoshop is the premiere desktop tool for editing images. It offers the most powerful algorithms for image processing available anywhere, and is loved by creative people around the world. Not only is it ubiquitous in design shops, it is also used by companies (like ourselves) who generate dynamic content with it.

Photoshop is well-exposed to automation: it has actions that are easy for non-developers (yet quite powerful), and it also supports ExtendScript, as well as C++ and CEP (Adobe's Common Extensibility Platform). XMPie is a company that has actually built a product, uImage, that runs Photoshop desktop like a server to produce one-to-one marketing pieces.

Until now, the Photoshop rendition engine has only been available through the desktop application. However, Adobe has just announced the pre-release program for Photoshop as a Service.

I recently participated in a presentation at Dscoop Phoenix with three companies that I've known for over a decade: Pageflex, XMPie, and Marcom Central. We had joined a "Composition Engine Panel Discussion" with web-to-print luminaries Jen Matt (of web2printexperts.com) and Chris Reisz-Hanson.

It was quite an honor to be on this panel, but an even greater honor has been the opportunity to work with these companies' rendition technologies since they first came on the scene. I have been involved in solutions involving all four technologies, and I've met the developers critical to the success of the underlying rendition codebases. These range from: FusionPro, the composition engine under Marcom, which dates from the 1980s; to PageFlex, the PDF rendition library from BitStream also originating in the 1980s; to InDesign, dating from the late 1990s. InDesign is the engine that we and XMPie use - it was created in part by our staff.

I was thankful to attend Drupa 2016 and spent most of my time in Halls 7 and 7a looking at the range of online editors from around the world. The following five online editing solutions stood out for me from among the 15 or so that I explored.

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